Dominant pitching is still trending in the Warrior baseball blogosphere.
Cody Gibson’s fastball hissed past 16 Serpent batters as Whittell won its third straight, a 4-2 nail-biter over Mineral County at Hawthorne on Tuesday. The senior southpaw surrendered no earned runs and his strikeout performance was a personal best. Gibby gave up only four hits and three walks in the 108-pitch complete game win.
The Warriors made the most of their six hits and never trailed, but Mineral Country, which missed making the NV Class A state finals last year by one run, stayed close through the game.
Whittell took an early 2-0 lead without the benefit of a hit. Scoring in the top of the first, Chris Evans and Matt Elliott drew walks. After a stolen base and an error, Evans was home with the first Warrior run.
In the third, Jake Sharp reached on an error, advanced on an infield out and raced home on Elliott’s RBI sac fly.
Mineral County bounced back with unearned runs in the fourth and fifth to knot the score at 2-2 after five innings full.
But the Warriors took back the lead in the sixth. Robbie Poet singled, then stole second and third base. This set up Avery Laub’s go-ahead RBI single, and the red and gold led again, 3-2.
Whittell got some insurance in the seventh, courtesy of Quinn Kixmiller. The freshman first-sacker doubled, moved to third on an Alex Barnes single and scored when Sharp slapped an RBI single.
At the dish, Barnes led the Warriors with a 2-for-2 afternoon. Kixie had the only extra base hit for Whittell and was singled out by coach Thomas Hunter for his defensive work at first.
Whittell is now 3-2 and next travels to Silver Stage for a crossover tournament on Friday and Saturday.